A 3-year-old half-sister to 2018 Queen's Plate winner Wonder Gadot, Hard Not To Love made her career debut in Saturday's first race at Santa Anita Park. The Hard Spun filly has a distinguishing characteristic: she only has one eye. That didn't stop her from winning the maiden special weight event by three lengths under Tiago Pereira.
Hard Not To Love was bred in Ontario by Anderson Farms, and commanded $400,000 as a yearling at Keeneland September. She is raced by the partnership of Mercedes Stable, Scott Dilworth, David Ingordo, Dorothy Ingordo, and Steve Mooney.
The John Shirreffs-trained Hard Not To Love lost her left eye in a training accident during her earliest days under saddle, according to XBTV's Zoe Cadman.
A one-eyed filly with a future! A half-sister to Wonder Gadot with a $400,000 price tag and readied by Zenyatta's trainer John Shirreffs, Hard Not To Love wins well on debut at @santaanitapark… pic.twitter.com/eZmRuyDUN2
— At The Races (@AtTheRaces) February 16, 2019
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